Children’s Book Drive: 5 Things to Know

Spring means one thing – it’s time for our annual Children’s Book Drive.

The trees begin to bud and the flowers bloom – pops of color spread across the Rhode Island landscape. As wonderful as this is, there’s another sign of spring that we look forward to even more: our annual Children’s Book Drive, which begins April 1 and ends May 31.

During this time, people throughout Rhode Island collect books for local children, especially the younger ones. Why? Because children who read on level by 3rd grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school. A proven way to improve a child’s academic success is to increase their access to books at home – and that’s exactly what our annual book drive does.

So, here are 5 things you should know about our 8th annual Children’s Book Drive (other than the fact that we need your help)…

1.   Making history – one book at a time:

History? Yes, let us explain. In 2012 we founded the book drive, along with our partners at Books Are Wings and Women United. Since then, thousands of individuals and families, as well as hundreds of businesses, have joined us in collecting more than 186,000 books; with your help, we’ll reach 200,000 by May 31. So, let’s make history, together.

2.    We love all books (we just can’t accept them all):

We know you’re excited about helping Rhode Island’s children (and reclaiming some valuable shelf space), but as you search your home for books, please keep a couple of things in mind:

  • We’ll happily accept all new and gently used children’s books (ages: baby to middle school).
  • Unfortunately, we can’t accept adult, reference, textbooks, cookbooks, discarded library books, workbooks, or damaged books.
3.    It took a little work, but we figured out how to make your life easier:

We’re all about making life a little simpler, especially for those organizing their own book collection sites. Starting May 3, you can drop your books off on Fridays, between 8:30 am and 4 pm, at United Way of Rhode Island, as well as on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm, at Books Are Wings.

If Providence is too far, find a collection site near you on the list at the bottom of this page. How’s that for making your life easier?

4.    Partnering with not one, but two RI institutions:

To say that we’re excited would be an understatement. Why? Because it’s not every day you get to partner with an icon, never mind two. We’re happy to announce that all Cardi’s Furniture stores and Washington Trust branches are now collection sites. This means you can donate books at any of their locations – just look for the labeled collection bins.

5.    After 8 years of collecting books, you’d think we have a plan for them:

And you’d be right – we do. Join us on Saturday, June 1, for our annual Day of Action; an event where more than 120 volunteers help sort, label, and package the books collected during our Children’s Book Drive.

Not only does this family-friendly event get the books ready for their new homes – but it also gives people a chance to come together, talk, and enjoy some really good pizza.


You can start making a difference right now.

If you’re excited about putting books in the hands of children across Rhode Island, you don’t need to wait until April 1 to start making a difference – start right now by donating books through Amazon Smile.

The button below takes you to the Amazon Smile page that’s dedicated to our Children’s Book Drive. There you can order age-appropriate books and give local children the tools they need to succeed.

Start Donating Books Today with Amazon Smile


Book Collection Sites:

Please donate your books during regular business hours.

Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses

Fall River
388 Rhode Island Avenue
Fall River, MA 02721
(508) 689-4656

South Attleboro
999 Newport Avenue
South Attleboro, MA 02703
(508) 915-5600

Swansea
1 Furniture Way
Swansea, MA 02777
(508) 379-7500

Cranston
40 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 270-9656

Johnston
1414 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 270-6642

Middletown
1235 West Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 619-3295

Wakefield
25 South County Commons Way
Wakefield, RI 02879
(401) 284-1875

West Warwick
1681 Quaker Lane
West Warwick, RI 02893
(401) 826-5600

Westerly
224 Post Road
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 315-5065


Washington Trust

Mystic
McQuade’s Marketplace
14 Clara Drive
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-2058

Charlestown
4137 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
(401) 364-4000

Coventry
732 Tiogue Avenue
Coventry, RI 02816
(401) 262-3690

Cranston 
1203 Oaklawn Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 732-0049

Cranston 
2174 Plainfield Pike
Cranston, RI 02921
(401) 383-8223

Cranston 
645 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 946-1004

East Providence
587 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 383-8800

Johnston
1383 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 383-7431

Narragansett
885 Boston Neck Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 782-4800

Narragansett 
20 Point Judith Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 782-1000

New Shoreham
123 Ocean Avenue
New Shoreham, RI 02807
(401) 466-7710

North Kingstown
7625 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-4700

North Providence
1588 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
(401) 473-2921

Providence 
229 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 443-2800

Providence 
156 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-3600

Rumford
330 Newport Avenue
Rumford, RI 02916
(401) 228-6555

South Kingstown
730 Kingstown Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879
(401) 782-4200

Warwick 
236 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 739-2353

Warwick 
1473 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
(401) 921-2500

Westerly 
23 Broad Street
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-1215

Westerly 
126 Franklin Street
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-1367

Westerly 
McQuade’s Marketplace
106 Main Street
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-1201

Wyoming
1200 Main Street
Wyoming, RI 02898
(401) 539-2427